Margot Robbie to star in female-centric Pirates of the Caribbean
The Pirates of the Caribbean are getting ready to set sail in a whole new direction, with Australian actress Margot Robbie starring in a new version of one of Disneyâ€™s biggest film franchises. Robbie, the star of Suicide Squad and I, Tonya, is to head a female-driven Pirates movie which is in the early stages of development, a source with knowledge of the project said recently.
It marks the latest bid by Hollywood to re-imagine classic movies by casting women in the lead roles, including the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy and 2018 comedy heist Oceanâ€™s 8 that starred Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.
No plot details were available but the story is being written by Britainâ€™s Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson and produced by longtime Pirates filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, the source said.
The Hollywood Reporter said the movie was a separate project from a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was announced as in development last year, Based on a ride at the Disneyâ€™s theme parks, the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, starring Johnny pp as Jack Sparrow, have taken some $4.5 billion at the global box office since 2003.